What Happened? Or I Suffered For This Blog Post, And I Have To Share – by Amanda S. Green
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the deepest, darkest cave on Earth, you know what happened. Almost a year ago, the Democratic Party failed to field a candidate who could defeat “the Donald”. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former U. S. Senator and former Secretary of State lost to a real estate mogul turned reality TV star. What happened? Or, as she puts it in the title of her book, “What Happened”.
Not long after the book came out, Sarah and I were talking. I commented that one of us should read the book and do a series of posts about it. Silly me. I should have realized that simple comment would lead to me “volunteering”. Not that I’m objecting – too much. The problem comes that I can only read the book for so long before I have to put it down. It’s that or I’ll be throwing it across the room. It is the non-fiction book (other than research books for current writing projects) I’ve read in years where the pen and marker have come out. Starting on the very first page of the Author’s Note, I highlighted and made notes. Some of those notes related back to events I remembered from the campaign, but most are snark and believe me there is a lot to snark at in this book.
In the third paragraph of the book, we learn Clinton views the events of the campaign put her at the “crossroads of American history”. The lid of the highlighter came off as I kept reading. Maybe she’d explain how it became the crossroads. She wasn’t the first woman to run for President. Even if she were, that wouldn’t elevate events to the level of crossroads, would it?
She continues in that same paragraph, commenting that she “began to look ahead with hope, instead of backward with regret.” Wait, what? All this time when she’s been criticizing women who didn’t vote for Trump, when she’s been so vocal in her condemnation of the President’s policies, she’s been looking ahead with hope? You could have fooled me.
“It’s also the story about what happened to our country, why we’re so divided, and what we can do about it.” And here I thought the book was about why she lost the election. Maybe they should have paid the Russians to put together a better, more realistic dossier on Trump? Or maybe the DNC should have found a better candidate, especially after the last eight years when middle America felt it was being disenfranchised.
I guess we should be relieved she didn’t mention the Russians until the second page of the book. The first time she mentions them in is relation to her list of regrets about things that happened during the campaign. In an attempt to be funny (hey, I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt), she suggested that if the Russians could hack her mind, they’d find a long list of regrets. Three paragraphs later, she gets right to the heart of what has become her mantra: “the audacious information warfare waged from the Kremlin” as well as Comey and – I kid you not – “a political press that told voters that my emails were the most important story.” Only then does she admit there were “deep undercurrents of anger and resentment” in the electorate. Of course, she doesn’t elaborate, at least not yet, about what that anger and resentment stemmed from, nor how she and the Democratic Party helped foster it over the previous eight years. That wouldn’t fit the narrative.
It gets better – or worse, depending on your point of view. Further down the second page of the book, she tells us that the lessons we learn from the election “could help determine whether we can heal our democracy and protect it in the future. . . .” The only problem is, I have no doubt she means only her lessons and her view of what our democracy should be. After all, in her attempts to look forward and not be negative, she has not held back in her criticism of all those who voted against her or against the President they did elect.
That’s two pages of her book. The first two pages. Nothing about them surprised me. Instead, they confirmed what I expected. Clinton wasn’t going to accept any responsibility for losing the election. I’ve read far enough now to know she continues with this trend. It’s Trump’s fault. It’s Comey’s fault. It’s the Russians’ fault. It’s the fault of women who betrayed their gender by voting for Trump. It’s Biden’s fault and it’s anyone else she can point to.
As she’s travelled throughout the country and overseas promoting her book, she’s kept to this theme. She has continued to hammer the Russian attempt to sway the election as well as Comey’s comments just prior to Election Day. Is it any wonder when, a day after new broke that the Democratic National Committee and her own campaign allegedly paid the Russians for the “unverified” so-called Trump-Russia dossier that her tone changed? The Dailywire noted that, during a clip of an interview released by ABC News, Clinton, “who normally is brimming with anger when speaking about Trump, appeared much more subdued than normal.”
Gee, I wonder why?
Hillary Clinton is many things. With each new interview, she proves she has not put the election behind her, nor has she begun looking at the why of “what happened” with an open mind. She has no problem pointing to President Trump or Harvey Weinstein a “sexual assaulter” and then turning around and saying that what her husband did – does anyone remember Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey or Paula Jones? – as being “in the past”. This from the woman who has said victims claiming to have been sexually abused should be believed.
In short, she lives in a world of her own, one where she is allowed a double-standard she would never allow anyone else and especially not a conservative. Is it any wonder voters across most of the country turned their backs on her? Thank goodness our republic has the Electoral College, even if the DNC chair, Tony Perez, claims the Electoral College is not part of the Constitution. Perhaps the Dems should insist that not only their candidates but their party leadership take a basic Civics test before they are allowed to run for office or hold any role within the party.
In the meantime, if Hillary Clinton really wants to move forward without regret, she needs to start by admitting her role in what happened. Until then, she will have a most difficult time convincing those who did not vote for her that she had been wronged.